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Jedward duo discover Roman history along Hadrian’s Wall

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Pop duo Jedward paid a visit to Chesters Roman Fort for their new TV show

Pop duo Jedward have been filming on Hadrian’s Wall for their new children’s television show.

The twins, who shot to fame on the X Factor in 2009, dropped in to Chesters and Housesteads Roman Forts along the World Heritage Site on October 20, to learn some Roman facts for the CBBC programme, Jedward’s Tour of Britain.

The pair – real names John and Edward Grimes – spent time filming at Chesters Roman Fort’s bath house, which is one of the best preserved in the UK, where they also met with Chris Haines from the Ermine Street Guard.

The pop stars turned TV presenters also delved into the history of Roman living conditions and the rather less salubrious side of the invaders toilet habits at Housesteads Roman Fort, which is home to some of the earliest known flushing latrines.

Jedward’s Tour of Britain will introduce children to a number of World Heritage Sites across the country, with the twins acting as tour guides.

As part of the series, which will be shown from December, the boys will be put through their paces to learn the numerous historical facts and figures that form an essential part of a World Heritage Site tour guides’ job.

Throughout the show, John and Edward will be joined by a team of history enthusiasts and tour guides, as well as a host of well-known celebrities.

Caroline Sinclair, from English Heritage, said: “English Heritage was delighted to welcome Jedward to Chesters and Housesteads Roman Forts for the filming of their new show. They were in great spirits and appeared to thoroughly enjoy learning all about Roman history.”

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